Although it mainly affected northwestern France and southern England, Storm Ciaran caused severe damage more widely. A Danish-flagged sailboat capsized on Friday about one kilometer off the Portuguese coast, hit by the strong wave caused by the hurricane. Storm Kieranwhich left dozens dead elsewhere in Europe.
Initially, the Portuguese authorities announced the discovery of three victims on the beach where The boat ran agroundAnd I thought there were only three people on board. The body of a second woman was found inside the wreckage when authorities were removing rubble from a beach in Santa Cruz, in the municipality of Torres Vedras, located about 60 kilometers north of San Francisco. LisbonNavy spokesman Jose Souza Luis noted.
No life jackets
The spokesman said that three of the victims, a 56-year-old man and two women aged 46 and 61, are Danish citizens, adding that the nationality of the other victim, a 57-year-old man, is not yet known. At this stage. The boat spokesman said that the pleasure boat left the port of Peniche, located about thirty kilometers north of Santa Cruz, on Friday morning with three people on board, and its passengers were not wearing life jackets. Navy.
although Portugal It was not “directly affected” by Storm Ciaran, and the National Institute of Meteorology (IPMA) put the coastal areas in the center and north of the country on red alert due to a very turbulent ocean, with waves that could exceed 7 metres. new Storm The authority said that it is expected to pass off the coast of Portugal on Saturday and Sunday, with waves that may reach a height of 9 meters, while Civil Protection warned residents of these new bad weather conditions, which were also characterized by heavy rains and strong winds.